Chapter News

We will be back!

We are considering how we can resume concerts at the Woking Leisure Centre whilst the Coronavirus pandemic continues. 

We are in regular contact with the centre management, and the situation is under constant review. 

  • We currently have no concerts scheduled.
  • The UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year will be hosted as soon as it is practical to do so.
  • The Paul Kirner's Music Palace trip to Porth, which was due to take place on Saturday 4th April 2020, was postponed.  We hope to reschedule this once the pandemic is past, hopefully in 2022 but this will depend on government rules at the time.

This website will be updated as new information becomes available.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our chapter trustees, who's details may be found HERE.  


Arthur Weise - Rest In Peace

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Arthur Weise in August.  Arthur was a regular and loyal attendee at our Woking concerts, and also attended many other organ events around the country.  At Woking, Arthur had a preferred seating position at the back of the hall, and so we would always put a seat there for him to use.  He was always a joy to speak to, and even in his latter years was extremely independent.  Rest In Peace Arthur.

Arthur's funeral will take place at Woking Crematorium on Monday 27th September at 12 noon. The wake will be at The Rowbarge, also in Woking.  


National Membership price reduction

Due to changes in the exchange rate, we have reduced the cost of full National Membership to £60 per annum.  Details about our membership rates, together with the application form, may be found HERE. 


 ATOS USA Election results

The election results are in, and the results are below.

With over 700 votes returned, over 40% of our membership engaged in the process of voting.  Not many organizations can say that!

Number of ballots cast – 704

Results (in alphabetical order):

  • George Andersen – 508
  • Dave Calendine – 565
  • David M. Finkel – 504
  • Ed Garcia – 473

We did receive five votes that arrived with a late postmark.  None of the results would have changed if those were counted.  There were no blank or illegal votes.


ATOS USA Conventions

The "Unconventional Convention" was successful. The links are available through the ATOS website until either the end of August or September at which time they will be made public on YouTube.

We are still on track for the 2022 convention in San Diego, USA, subject to whatever comes along.


Non-receipt of ATOS "Theatre Organ" Journal from the USA

For those of you who are Full National members and receive the bi-monthly "Theatre Organ" journal" A4 size magazine from the USA, if you have not received the Nov/Dec 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021 issue of the Journal please contact Donna Parker in the USA directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ATOS in the USA have posted an explanation as to why some of you may have experienced delays, etc which you can read HERE.

This is not to be confused with our own quarterly A5 size Newsletter that Peter Collect produces.


Chapter Newsletter articles

We always welcome contributions to our Chapter Newsletter.  If you can help in any way, either with articles or photographs, please contact the editor, Peter Collett, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Help Needed

We need your support in the following ways:

  • Chapter trustees.  You would need to be registered as a trustee of the charity, be able to support the organisation and attend committee meetings (either in person or virtually, e.g. via Zoom).
  • Woking concert set up and take down.  We would particularly welcome local people who can regularly help with this or pop into the centre when required as none of the committee live in Surrey, let alone Woking!
  • Woking concert raffle.  Organise obtaining good quality prizes, selling tickets at the concerts, help with the draw and cash up at the end of the evening.

If you think you can help or wish to learn more then please contact one of the ATOS trustees who's details you can find HERE.